Tata Motors-owned JLR unveils Range Rover Velar

Jaguar Land Rover, a subsidiary of Indian automaker Tata Motors - has unveiled new Range Rover model Velar. The Velar SUV is described as a passion project of Ratan Tata, as part of its ambitious expansion plans to ramp up production of its luxury brands despite the challenges posed by Brexit. The Velar is the fourth addition to the Range Rover family, the last one was the original Range Rover in 1970. The name 'Velar' is derived from the Latin word 'velaris', which means “to cover or veil”. At a star-studded event at the London Design museum, the car was revealed publicly for the first time. Eminent luminaries including actor Damian Lewis, singer Rag ’n' Bone Man, equestrian Zara Phillips, comedian Jimmy Carr, Actor Rob Brydon, presenter Natalie Pinkham and morning TV host Piers Morgan witnessed the car’s debut. The Velar will be on display at the Design Museum in London until March 6 for customers who are eager to see the model before buying it. At the event at the Design Museum, the car’s full specs, price and release date were also specified. Price: Described as one of the "hottest products this year", the Velar is now open to orders from around the world, including India, and is priced at around 45,000 pounds. Specs: Range Rover's latest SUV sits on 22-inch alloy wheels and full-LED headlights.The Velar has ground clearance and wading depth of 151mm and 650mm respectively. There will be six petrol and diesel powertrains option for the Velar all of which will be aired with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. Its 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 380bhp can get the 2.55 tonne luxury SUV from 0-60mph in just 5.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph. A more frugal engine option is the 2.0 litre four-cylinder 16v 180hp diesel which will accelerate from 0-60 mph on 8.4 seconds on to a top speed of 130mph. The central console houses two screens: The upper being a 10-inch touchscreen Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, is paired with a premium audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot, SOS emergency call and Secure tracker technology. It also controls the navigation and ambient lighting in the car. The lower screen will deal with climate, seats, setting and off-road controls. It has a towing capacity of 2,500kg - the equivalent weight of one and half cars. Release: It will be on sale from the summer

BY Sudeep